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Postby Gasman » Mon Oct 12, 2009 3:51 pm

I agree and I do that myself. I don't buy all my shopping in Carrefour or Orphanides. I buy from several places and I eat where the food is good but reasonably priced when I eat out.

But I am talking about how expensive it appears to the average holidaymaker, when they land in the Tourist Area of Limassol or Larnaca and eat and shop nearby. People who are only over for a week or two are not going to trawl round the island looking for shops where the prices are lower. They usually go to the nearest big supermarket once or twice and buy the rest of what they want from Minimarkets. This thread is in the 'Tourism' forum. I assumed it was related to how the prices here appear to Tourists, not to locals who know where to shop for bargains or eat out cheaply.
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Postby Baggieboy » Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:10 pm

But I am a tourist - I only wish I was a local! The places I refer to are all in the tourist area of Pernera/Protaras.

The Gordon Blue provides an excellent 2 course meal for 2 with carafe of wine for around 25 euros. The Noufaro does a T-Bone for 12 euros, The Super S does moussaka and fries (enough to feed 2) for 8 euros. On the other side of the coin I hear that Knights Bar charge 20 euros for a steak.

When you think that 8 euros is about 5 old cyp pounds I think thats pretty good value.

Whilst I accept I know the area quite well now, it would only need a couple of hours to stroll around Pernera and suss out the best bargains - its also a good way of familiarising yourself with the area and incorporating a very pleasant pub crawl!

Its also possible to do some homework on the web via various forums which can give great tips for first time visitors.
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Postby Gasman » Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:19 pm

When visiting Ayia Napa and Protaras this summer, I found their prices to be much lower than Larnaca. For meals, drinks and stuff like boat trips too.
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Postby SKI-preo » Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:37 am

I have droves of friends returning from the UK to well paid jobs in Australia- particularly a couple of mates in Engineering. The global "financial crisis" was just a tickle here. Perfidious Albion must either join the United States Dollar or join the Euro zone.

The worst thing is that nobody was able to save a cent in the UK as life is ridiculously expensive. All they came away with was some experience.
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Postby wulliemcmartin » Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:58 pm

In short we wer in Paphos in November and we found it cheaper than Tenerife was (in terms of Euro) in June.

Meals & Drinks were cheaper and we found out Euros went further.

Granted the Euro - GBP is terrible, but like for like it was a lot less expensive than the canary islands were.
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Postby SKI-preo » Sat Dec 12, 2009 5:55 am

I think there is no future in cheap and nasty "Formula1" tourists.

The truth is Cyprus should broaden its tourist base as it relies too much on a single source of tourists. I mean look at some of these tiny little Greek Island resorts where take half a dozen planes to get there and which have much more diversity. Cyprus does not get anywhere near the number of Scandinavian,Austrian or Dutch Tourists it should considering how many direct routes it enjoys.

Look at this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_co ... P_(nominal)_per_capita

Cyprus is relying on No.20 with no real focus on No. 1 to No. 19. There is a big factor to the Cause of your problem. What will Cyprus do when the UK is even further down the list? Cyprus should also target the "Hot" i.e. Scandinavian Chicks with big norks.

By the way, Expatkiwi look how low the Sheep shaggers are. Even "third world" countries like Cyprus are ahead.No wonder its cheaper to ski for 15 days in NZ inc.flights than a weekend at Thredbo.
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